Cave Weekends

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18 -19 March 2023
21-22 October 2023

Caver ducks to travel along low passage

Explore the underground 

The geography around the Cumbria/Yorkshire border is a natural wonder. Better yet - this particular wonder has left us with a rock labyrinth to explore and enjoy

Beautiful surroundings 

There is something stunning about the landscape here - the environment works to different rules, epic and beautiful

No experience necessary 

Our weekends are ideal for those who have never caved before and those that want to do more. We start  in big wide passages and aim to finish with a vertical climb and abseil

Grow your caving 

We seek to make sure that once you get the bug you don't have to stop - we run regular trips to new areas and as far as possible vary our local venues so there is always something to come back to

Caving in the Limestone Labyrinths 

Otherworldly adventure exploration

As you gaze over the Ingleborough landscape you realise the landform rules are different here to the rest of the country.

This is limestone country, a land formed of rock from the sea bed, slowly dissolving.

There isn’t a visible river in the valley that you can see. There is one, but it is far below your feet flowing and chasing out its course through the rock itself. It’s creating passageways, tubes, tunnels and grand amphitheatres for us to explore.

This is where we will play for the weekend, exploring the network the water has left behind and the ancient monuments to the microscopic transition of rock-  to and from solutions - which gives up stalagmites, vast billowing rock curtains, gour pools and delicate hollow straws. 

What we will get up to

Build your skills to explore more

DAY 1
On this no-experience-necessary trip, we spend the first day exploring a horizontal cave - one which requires little or no specialist climbing equipment to access. At the end of the trip, we will spend a little time either at a suitable outdoor spot or indoors going through how to climb and lower using climbing equipment ready for the next day.

DAY 2
Today we build on day 1’s experience and knowledge and have a wider range of caves to explore now that we can ascend and descend effectively. 

Another world and static environment 

Caving gives the freedom to explore a unique world and often appeals to those with visual or cognitive impairments

Caving by its nature is a network of passages and chambers carved over millennia ago, which gives a unique exploratory opportunity.

You see for many used to the frustration of being guided in new and challenging environments caving is different. We know the venues, when a section is free of hazards and where it leads to - this means we can often simply release people to make their own way and to explore. 

A foreign environment, challenging terrain and stepping into the unknown -  true adventure stuff. 

Climbing wire ladder
Caver in fron of waterfall
instructor gets ready to help clinet abseil
long climb of wire ladder

A weekend lets us build up

Taking a weekend out to truly experience the range of environment

We think caving is best served as a weekend - it gives us time to set a baseline of skill and knowledge and then introduce techniques that let us build on the places we can access. 

We have loads of accommodation recommendations for places to stay - drop us a line.  

Experienced caver trips available
These trips are designed on the foundation that everyone on the trip understands the systems and procedures we use to climb and lower already. We will, of course, be there to help refresh you if it has been a while.

These trips have more staff to allow for bigger and more challenging caves to be explored.

NOTE - All caving is heavily weather-dependent there is a chance that plans and schedules may need to be changed. There is a very small chance in extreme weather that no caving can be done at all. Alternative activities will be arranged at the time. 

Important Caving info

Dates and Costs 

  • 2 Caving days 

  • Meeting: 10 am at Ingleton

  • Finish: 4pm both days 

  • £190 per person non residential



What is included?

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified caving instructors

    Lunch and brews both days

What do we actually do

  • Two days caving Saturday and Sunday

  • Both horizontal and vertical challenges

  • Coached practice of climbing and descending 

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like minded people 

Caving Weekend Accessibility Statement

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Vision

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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  • Caving is accessible to those with little or no vision. You will need a dedicated sight guide who can either be someone you bring or arranged by Anyone Can (subject to availability) 

    For vertical sections, an additional instructor will be needed to support those with less than 2 metres of functional vision so please book early to ensure availability

    Caving requires movement over rough ground, hands and feet climbing and crawling. This is done at a slow pace with lots of assistance available. 

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer (who could drive between sites)

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around drops and edges

    Caves can be noisy and stimulating 

    There are limited options to leave a cave if the experience is overwhelming,  although we can work to gently introduce the experience

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    This caving weekend involves over a kilometre of rough walking often on unmade, slippery terrain and through water 

    Caving requires hand and foot climbing with rope protection and the climbing of ladders

  • Caving is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user who can self-transfer and bum shuffle but requires bespoke arrangements 

    There are no available toilets on caving trips during the day

    Instructors can support from the bottom, top and alongside to get people started and confident

    Additional support from rope systems can help climbers with reduced strength

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

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Sounds great - let's do it

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So please if you like what you read but it's not quite there or you want something different: do get in touch we look forward to hearing from you. 

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